The HIP program provides the following services:
• Extensive Home-Based Assessment
• Home Visiting Program that includes Parent Education
• Basic Needs Support
Q. What is the HIP program?
A. Helping through Intervention and Prevention (HIP) Program is an initiative that began in 2014 as a part of the DFPS Prevention and Early Intervention Division (PEI). It is designed to provide support services to high risk families with newborns. HIP services include parent education through home visiting and also provide some basic needs for the baby such as diapers, wipes, formula, a Pack-n-Play or other items in addition to limited emergency needs that will assist in client engagement. Emergency needs can include rent and utilities. HIP Services are offered by local community service program providers that contract with PEI.
Q. What are the benefits of HIP services?
A. HIP services help parents with:
Bonding and attachment with their baby; Understanding the ages and stages of child development; Creating a safe environment for their baby; Strengthening family support systems; Managing stress; Increasing protective factors; and Reducing the risk of child abuse.
Q. What do HIP home visits consist of?
A. A trained staff from the community HIP provider will come to the client's house to provide parenting information and support.
Q. How often and how long are home visits?
A. Visits are usually once a week for 1 to 1.5 hours, but are generally based on the identified needs of the family.
Q. Who provides the home visiting services?
A. PEI contracted service providers within the family's local community provide HIP services.
Q. How long can a family receive services?
A. The length of the program is solely based on the requirements of the Home Visiting Program the local HIP Provider uses, however most clients will receive roughly between three to four and a half months of service, depending on how frequently the provider visits the home.
There is a DFPS PEI program offering pregnant and parenting teens in CPS care parenting education and basic needs support!
2 | P a g e
For more information or to make a referral, please email: HIP@dfps.state.tx.us
Q. Can CPS or a judge order a youth/family to participate in the HIP program?
A. No, HIP services are strictly voluntary and free of charge to the family.
Q. What if the contractor has concerns with the home or family/foster youth?
A. If serious concerns arise about the safety or well-being of the newborn or any other child residing in the home, the case will be immediately referred to CPS.
Q. What if there are no HIP providers in the area where the family/foster youth reside?
A. You can still refer the family to the HIP program. Once the referral is received and it is determined that there are no HIP providers in their community, the referral will be further reviewed for possible service to the family through other PEI programs. (i.e. - HOPES or STAR)
Q. What information do I need to provide to refer a family or youth to the HIP Program?
A. You can send an email to HIP@dfps.state.tx.us. In the subject line of your email, you will put "CPS - HIP referral". In the body of your email you will provide:
Mother/Youth's name, PID, DOB, current address and phone number; Baby's name, DOB and gender; or Foster youth's due date
Q. What should I tell the family/foster youth about the HIP program?
A. If at all possible, please consult the youth regarding the HIP program as it is a VOLUNTARY program. If the youth is interested in the HIP program, you please refer them. If the youth is not interested in the program, that's ok too. The HIP program is NOT a CPS contracted program and participation is not mandatory.
Families that have been referred to CPS due to a Vital Statistics Intake will be contacted about the HIP Program automatically.